Foundation Programme

The Foundation Programme is for international students who want to do a bachelor’s programme at Maastricht University but do not meet the admission requirements. 

The Foundation programme trains for the following Maastricht University bachelor's programmes:

Economics and Business Economics
European Law School
European Public Health
International Business
Maastricht Science Programme
University College Venlo
Data Science and Knowledge Engineering

Foundation Programme

Preparation for studying & living abroad

The switch from high school to university education can be challenging – especially when you are planning to study abroad. To give yourself the best chance of succeeding at your study, you should prepare properly for this challenge. In the Foundation Programme, you will be able to familiarise yourself with a new culture and adjust to a new style of learning. The intensive education and training that you will receive during this programme will make you eligible for your chosen bachelor’s programme. It will help you be able to ‘hit the ground running’ and get the most out of your university education.

The one-year, full-time Foundation Programme consists of four parts:
content courses
academic skills training
English language training
​cultural & social events

Programme Structure

Period Course content Academic skills English language Cultural & social events
1 Introduction to Europe Academic skills English course Arrival support (housing, banking, insurance)
2 Mathematics Academic skills English course 'Dealing with the Dutch' training
3 Research methods Academic skills English course Culture night
4 Introduction to Economics Academic skills English course & IELTS exam preparation Summer BBQ, transfer support

Via the four pillars, we train you for the bachelor’s programme of your choice. The table below gives you an idea of how the programme is organised. This is an example of the study program for the Economics track.

Note: (Near) native English speakers can be exempt from the first 2 periods of English language training in exchange for a tuition fee reduction of 2000 Euros.

Four pillars of the Foundation Programme

Teaching staff from different faculties at Maastricht University teach courses that provide you with the background knowledge that you will need to succeed at the bachelor’s programme of your choice. For example, you might take courses like:



Applicants must have a high school diploma with excellent grades and have an overall IELTS score of at least 5.5 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.0 in writing.


How to apply

To apply, please click the green button on the right. Don't forget to include:

  • a certified copy of your original high school diploma including a grade list, along with an official English translation
  • proof of at least an overall 5.5 on an IELTS exam (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.0 in writing
  • A short motivation letter (500 words) outlining why you are interested in the Foundation Programme and which Maastricht University bachelor’s programme you would like to enrol in.
  • an updated Curriculum Vitae

Application deadlines

We receive applications on a rolling basis. If you need a study visa it is advisable to hand in the application before the end of August.


The tuition fees for 2018 are €14,000 or €12.000 euros depending on the English entry level. This does not include costs for textbooks, housing and other costs of living.

More on the costs of living in Maastricht

Early bird application

If you apply for the Foundation programme and confirm your attendance at Foundation Programme before 15th April, you will receive a 250 Euro deduction on your tuition fee.

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